Dating Ethan Allen Furniture?

Dating Ethan Allen Furniture - white shelf unit with drawers and door at the bottom
The Ethan Allen furniture company has been designing and making quality furniture since it was founded in 1932. Determining the date of manufacture for your furniture can be a multi part process. You can browse the internet for photos and books showing various designs and information on pieces like yours. You might also visit an Ethan Allen store and speak to an employee.


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May 25, 2018

Does anyone know how to tell when a piece by Ethan Allen was made? Is there anything with the numbers on the back or do you just have to know?

Dating Ethan Allen Furniture - white shelf unit with drawers and door at the bottom
Dating Ethan Allen Furniture


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May 26, 20180 found this helpful
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The numbers do mean something but some are difficult to decipher as I believe numbering system was somewhat different for each plant and maybe the design/type of furniture.


  • I do know that PLT 3 means Plant #3 and maybe the 14-4019 may mean case number or date but not sure about 66105 as I cannot find any reference to five straight numbers.
  • You may have difficulty finding this information but you might try either calling or send an email to the following address:
  • Phone: 888.324.3571
  • Hours: Monday - Friday
  • 8:30am - 4:45pm EST
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Lovely item!! Thanks for sharing. Is it possible that it was painted white?

I ask because I have seen these beauties in natural wood tones, but not white. Just curious. There is one on Pinterest that is more what I have seen in my travels (link pasted at the end of the message).


I know that doesn't help you right away with your question about with the dating...but when I research pieces it is helpful to know if they have been altered. Thanks!

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May 27, 20180 found this helpful

It is definitely possible that it was painted. If it was it was a very good job. The pinterest link was helpful as so I at least can see what it looked like in it's original form! Thank you!

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October 10, 20190 found this helpful

I have a small desk which has the same Ethan Allen American Traditional birch/maple in the middle desk drawer & I can only find American Impression. So I am going to call a local store for answer & will post right back.

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